Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

It has been cool here for the past two weeks.  Well, 'cool' is a relative term;  we are still wearing short-sleeved shirts and flip-flops, just not perspiring as much as we usually do.  The nationals are chilled, though.  Our guards wear parkas, the laundry girl keeps a knit hat on all day, and the mommas have been requesting hot tea with supper!  Here is a picture of two of the cooks all wrapped up for the "cold snap" we are experiencing.
Part of the reason for the cooler weather is the harmattan winds.  This is a winter wind (late November through March) that starts in the Sahara Desert and blows west, picking up dust and dirt.  The Harmattan arrived in Liberia this past weekend.  It kind of looks like afternoon winter tule fog in the central California valley, except the haze is not fog, but dirt!  So a better analogy would be like living right next to an almond huller during the month of September!  It is dusty, dusty, dusty.  But the plus side to this weather is that it is cooler, as the dust stops the intense rays of the equator sun from beating down on us.  See?  A silver lining in everything!

Hope this finds you enjoying your weather, whatever it is today!

Dave and Babs